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When you need to have your motorcycle shipped, you want the best motorcycle transporter for the job – and you want the best price. When you book through uShip, we'll help you determine how to transport your motorcycle, secure the best rates from reliable carriers, and prepare your motorcycle for the trip. If you make a wrong turn or need better directions, you can contact uShip and we will get you back on your on your way to a safe motorcycle delivery.

To find the motorcycle transporter that fits your need and budget, you'll start by completing a motorcycle shipping listing on the uShip Marketplace. The listing includes details about your shipment, including the make and model of your bike. Once you submit the listing, motorcycle transport companies will submit quotes for your review. You'll be able to communicate directly with these transporters and review their transport history, safety records, and customer-related feedback to ensure you find the most reliable carrier at the best rate.

How to Ship a Motorcycle

With uShip, shipping your motorcycle is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create Your Listing on uShip in Canada

Start by identifying your needs and budget. Determine a timeframe and decide if you want the motorcycle shipped on an open or enclosed trailer. Most people ship their bikes on enclosed trailers to protect them from road damage from snow, sleet, sand, and gravel. Open trailers provide little protection for the cycle's finish, but the often offer the most affordable quotes.

Motorcycles lined up along a street
Motocyclist driving on road


When your motorcycle shipment listing is live and quotes come in, you should communicate directly with the transporters submitting them to ask questions, review their performance record, and discuss the transport details.

Each motorcycle transporter on uShip has their own profile, where you can check on their transport history, safety records, and customer-rated feedback. Most profiles include photos of the carrier's equipment, so you can see how your motorcycle will travel. You can examine their completed shipments and their past customers' experience. Reviewing these profiles in detail should help you feel confident in your decision. While price is important, you're encouraged to look deeper into the transporter's profile before simply choosing the lowest rate.

3 | Motorcycle Pickup & Delivery

After you select your motorcycle transporter, you contact them to arrange for a timeframe and the pick up and delivery locations. The transporter needs any third party contact information if applicable And, you complete your payment arrangements as agreed. If you have any issues with your motorcycle shipper, you can contact uShip, and we will solve your problems.

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Motorcycle on the beach


The cost for motorcycle transport varies based on travel distance, price of fuel, and the needs to ensure the safest transport. The average motorcycle shipment costs $285 to $715 and travels over 1,000 kms. For shorter shipments, the range is $178 to $325 depending on the type of transportation used.

For more shipment details, check out our cost to transport a motorcycle index. You can review thousands of motorcycle shipments completed through the uShip marketplace to see how the process work.

Prepare Your Motorcycle for Transport

You must prepare your motorcycle before the transporter arrives. You should check the bike for pre-existing damage, photograph it carefully and document your findings.

  • Write down any mechanical issues or problems.
  • Take photos of your bike from several angles, along with detail shots of existing damage.
  • Date all records, and show them to your mover when they arrive

You probably won't need to drain the gas tank or remove the battery on your motorcycle before shipping, and most motorcycles won't be crated or packaged during transport. However, you will need to remove all loose items and attachments. The transporter is not responsible for those extras while the motorcycle is in transit. Be sure to check the transporter's insurance, and consider purchasing additional cargo insurance through uShip.

If the motorcycle is not in working condition, you'll need to indicate this in your original shipment listing, so the transporters submitting quotes are prepared. Before your shipment, you should attempt to fix anything possible on the motorcycle, and write down any special operating instructions. Follow these steps to ensure your motorcycle moving success:

  • Inflate tires
  • Charge the battery
  • Fill gas tank to ¼ or ½ full
  • Check and fix all fluid leaks

Door to Door Motorcycle Transport

Motorcycle shipping companies usually work on a door-to-door basis. However, your neighborhood or community may have narrow streets, low-hanging branches, dead ends, restrictions against large trucks, and other obstacles making it difficult to pick up or deliver at your first door. You'll need to coordinate with the transporter to arrange a meeting place to safely load and unload your motorcycle.

Tips for Motorcycle Shipments

  • Know how to properly prepare your motorcycle for transport.
  • Know how to build a detailed listing on uShip
  • Know how to research prospective transporters.
  • Know your insurance options and how you’re protected.

Commonly Shipped Motorcycles

  • Harley Davidson
  • Ducati
  • Yamaha
  • Suzuki
  • Kawasaki
  • Honda
  • Victory
  • Triumph
  • BMW

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